REGINA - Linden Rowat turned away 30 shots to record his second consecutive shutout and give the Regina Pats a 3-0 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers in WHL action Friday night.
In front of 5,277 fans, which included five Grey Cup winning Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Pats (19-11-0) came out flying against the Tigers (15-11-2) after warming up in green Roughrider jerseys while the crowd gave the CFL champions in attendance a standing ovation.
Regina's Jordan Eberle got things started with a short-handed goal at the 8:46 mark of the first. Up against one of the worst-rated power plays in the league, Eberle created a two on one, waited long enough to force the lone Medicine Hat defender to the ice, deked out goalie Tomas Vosvrda, then tucked the puck in the short side. The effort marked Eberle's 22nd goal on the year.
For the rest of the first and most of the second neither team had any good scoring chances. But with just over a minute remaining in the middle frame, Regina's Todd Kennedy struck to put Regina ahead 2-0.
The goal, Kennedy's first in the WHL since joining the Pats from the Nanaimo Clippers of the B.C. Junior Hockey League, was assisted by Rudolf Cerveny and Juraj Valach.
Regina's Brett Leffler added one more goal at 11:32 of the third to give him four on the season and put the game out of reach for Medicine Hat. Assisting on the goal was Kirt Hill and the 17-year-old rookie Kennedy, who now has two points in his two career WHL games.
Tomas Vosvrda (9-7-0), who turned away 24 shots, recorded the loss for Medicine Hat.